Full Article Attached Firebird Database Project Admin Ann Harrison Interviewed

Monday April 21st, 2003

It's been a long and intense week since announced that the Phoenix browser has been renamed Firebird, to the dismay of much of the Firebird database community. In this interview with MozillaZine, Ann Harrison, an administrator of the Firebird database project and a partner in IBPhoenix, gives her thoughts on the dispute.

#62 True, Firebird has 1st position on Google, Yahoo

by JuanGonzalez

Tuesday April 22nd, 2003 10:33 AM

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You are right, Firebird (the database) has first position on major search engines like Google <> , Yahoo <> , AlltheWeb <> ... So, it's possible that they will insist long time about Mozilla not taking their name. It's a database, not a browser, but I agree when people say that it wouldn't be nice behavior if for instance any database changed its name to "Mozilla".

Perhaps this could be solved with a new voting, for example by Mozilla drivers and the people who have fixed bugs. Just a possible idea. And of course any person could propose ideas for names.

I don't know, I'm just a Mozilla tester, but in the case that another vote will be made later, a possible idea is to follow the line of the major browsers "Netscape Navigator", "Internet Explorer"... with something like "Mozilla Pioneer" or similar. In my searchs, I cannot find a Pioneer browser or any Pioneer open source program (if I'm not wrong, naturally). So, this is a possibility, among many others.

The current name is "Mozilla Navigator" (see the Mozilla's Window menu, and documentation). It can be good for the current browser, or also "Mozilla Browser", its popular name in fact, in order to differentiate from Netscape. Phoenix could be "Mozilla Pioneer" or any other suitable name, in the case that the "Mozilla Firebird" name would create too much unnecessary trouble and distraction from the real work, coding.

It's a pity anyway, I also like the Firebird name, but it's only another name. Just a point of view, similar to others, I admit. :-)